Physical Education Position Statements
SHAPE America's Position: It is SHAPE America’s position that physical education is an academic subject.
SHAPE America's Position: Physical education is critical to educating the whole child, and that all students in grades K-12 should receive physical education on a daily basis.
SHAPE America's Position: It is the position of the SHAPE America that each physical education professional is responsible for achieving competency of integrity of practice as demonstrated through respectful behaviors toward students and colleagues.
SHAPE America's Position: This position statement outlines key guidelines for ensuring the proper use of fitness measurement in relation to national standards and developmentally appropriate instruction.
SHAPE America's Position: students be considered eligible for adapted pe services if their comprehensive score is 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on a norm-referenced test or other tests of physical and motor fitness
SHAPE America's Position: assessment of teacher candidates’ physical skills, performance competence and health related fitness to ensure best practices in Physical Education Teachers Education programs.
SHAPE America's Position: Professionals should treat each student’s suggestion(s) with respect, regardless of the student’s level of development.
SHAPE America's Position: Technology can be an effective tool for supplementing instruction when used
SHAPE America's Position: The length of the daily class period was described as “appropriate to the needs and maturation of the learner” with 30 minutes as the suggested minimum.
SHAPE America's Position: All colleges and universities uphold a physical activity instructional program for students as a strong and integral part of the academic curriculum.
SHAPE America's Position: At this point in time, online physical education is an exciting and attractive,
yet untested, alternative method to delivering quality physical education.
SHAPE America's Position: It is critical to have highly qualified physical education teachers delivering a
standards-based curriculum that will assist children in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyles.
SHAPE America's Position: Dodgeball is not an appropriate activity for K-12 school physical education programs
SHAPE America's Position: All K-12 students should take all required physical education courses and that no
substitutions, waivers, or exemptions should be permitted.
SHAPE America's Position: Participation in regular physical activity at a level sufficient to promote health-related physical fitness is an essential behavior for professionals in all fields of physical activity at all levels.
SHAPE America's Position: All middle school students should have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of organized sports and physical activities through intramurals, clubs, and school-sponsored co-curricular programs.
SHAPE America's Position: Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student. Research
supports the importance of movement in educating both mind and body.
SHAPE America's Position: The document centers on developmentally appropriate physical education practices for elementary school-aged children. Similar documents are being developed for
teachers of preschool- and middle school-aged children.